Roenis Elias is many things. He is a young southpaw who found success in Double-A Jackson last season, retiring 121 batters and maintaining a 3.18 ERA over 22 starts and 130 innings. He is a minor league hopeful and dark horse candidate for the starting rotation, though today will be his first opportunity to start a spring training game for the Mariners. Like many others, he is a defector from his home country, Cuba. He arrived in the United States in 2010 to make a name for himself in professional baseball.
One thing Roenis Elias is not is former power pitcher Pedro Martinez. I see what you're doing, Baseball Press. Don't think you can get away with it.
- Mariners @ Angels, 1:05 p.m. PST
- Today's game will be broadcast on KLAA and 710 ESPN. You can also watch it live on the Angels' network at MLB.TV.
- Elias will stick to a cap of five innings and/or 75 pitches in his outing today.
- As Matt reported yesterday, Robinson Cano is still a scratch. He'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
- Abraham Almonte (S) CF
- Kyle Seager (L) 3B
- Corey Hart (R) DH
- Justin Smoak (S) 1B
- Michael Saunders (L) RF
- Dustin Ackley (L) LF
- Mike Zunino (R) C
- Brad Miller (L) SS
- Willie Bloomquist (R) 2B